EcoDharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis

The New International Engaged Buddhism Study Group

2019 Spring Series

May 21 (Tue.)

EcoDharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis

 Guest: David R. Loy

Teacher in the Sanbo-Kyodan Zen lineage

Former Professor of International Studies, Bunkyo University

Author of EcoDharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis (2019)

It is no exaggeration to say that today humanity faces its greatest challenge ever: in addition to burgeoning social crises, a self-inflicted ecological catastrophe threatens civilization as we know it and (according to some scientists) perhaps even our survival as a species. Traditional Buddhist teachings help us wake up individually and realize our interdependence with others. Now we also need to consider how Buddhism can help us wake up and respond to this new predicament. And what does the eco-crisis imply about how we understand and practice Buddhism? The Buddhist response to our ecological predicament is ecodharma, a new term for a new development of the Buddhist tradition. It combines ecological concerns (eco) with the teachings of Buddhism and related spiritual traditions (dharma). What that actually means, and what difference it makes in how we live and practice, is still unfolding, but three components or aspects stand out at present: 1) practicing in the natural world, 2) exploring the eco-implications of Buddhist teachings, and 3) embodying that understanding in the eco-activism that is needed today. Social engagement remains a challenge for many Buddhists, for the traditional teachings have focused on one’s own peace of mind. On the other side, those committed to social action often experience fatigue, anger, depression, and burnout. The engaged bodhisattva/ecosattva path provides what each side needs, because it involves a double practice, inner (e.g., meditation) and outer (activism).

Come join us for an evening of inquiry with Loy-sensei about how to transform ourselves and our natural habitat, even “if it is too late”!


18:30 Opening and Introduction by Abbot of Kenju-in Temple, Rev. Hidehito Okochi

18:40 Talk by David Loy

19:30 Questions & Open Discussion

20:30 Dinner Party

Entrance Fee: none


Jonathan Watts:

Location: Kenju-in Temple

3-4-14 Koishikawa, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0002

Tel: 03-3812-3711, Fax: 03-3815-7951




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